Trump announces start of wall construction on US Southern border

Trump announces start of wall construction on US Southern border

That number included 415,816 apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP). Contracts are expected to be issued in mid-April.

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"Bad ones are going out as I speak", Trump added, "and as I promised throughout the campaign".

Trump told members of Congress that the country “must restore integrity and the rule of law to (US) borders, ” starting with the imminent “construction of a great wall along our southern border” as an “effective weapon against drugs and crime.”. We're building the wall.

The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start "very soon" and is "way, way, way ahead of schedule".

The Customs and Border Protection agency, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, did not indicate where the initial phase of construction will begin.

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Trump frequently vowed during his 2016 presidential bid that Mexico would ultimately fund a wall along its border with America.

Estimates now tag the wall cost at $10-$15 billion dollars. An internal Homeland Security report forecast the total cost could be as much as $21.6 billion.

During the campaign, Trump's promise to "make Mexico pay for the wall", in the few times it was articulated, centered on taxing cash transfers by Mexican nationals working in the U.S. The country's largest source of cash comes from Mexicans living and working in the U.S. who send money back to both their families and their native hometowns which use the money for infrastructure improvements.

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The president did call for a change in the US immigration admission system, advocating a move to a "merit-based" model similar to those used by countries like Australia. Critics have said that scenario would mean American consumers actually would be paying for the wall. Walls, in other words, will not stop illegal immigration, they will just cause people to find more risky paths.

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